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jcarroll
Mark, others,

There have been hundreds of new user accounts recently created on HymnWiki.org [1].  As a concerned user of the site, I felt it was my duty to notify you of this suspicious activity.  The user accounts are clearly generated by a bot, and I expect to see bot-generated spam on the site in the near future.  I speak from experience;  I owned a Mediawiki site which suffered a similar attack.  From what I see on Veramet's talk page [2], the issue of vandalism has been addressed; however, I'm still concerned about the constant stream of newly created accounts.

I recommend that we add a simple CAPTCHA (e.g. "3 + 17 = ____") to the user registration form.

Cheers,
James Carroll

[1] http://www.hymnwiki.org/Special:RecentChanges
[2] http://www.hymnwiki.org/User_talk:Veramet
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Shule
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Sorry for the extremely late reply. Nabble didn't notify me of your post for some odd reason.

I (AKA Mark/Veramet) have noticed the spam issue, and it's still a problem. I've contacted the person who is able to install MediaWiki extensions more than once about it, and although I've had a response (the last time), the response didn't address that issue (I'm not able to do that, because I don't have access). I think she is really busy from the sounds of it.

I'd really like to get control of managing the extensions myself. Maybe I'll try to convince the More Good Foundation to let me.

There is a bigger problem, however—that is, getting rid of those user accounts. I don't know if there's a way to do it without getting rid of them one by one. Let me know if you know one. One solution, if possible, might be to export the articles and categories that aren't user pages into a fresh wiki.
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